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Dennis Torgerson: A lack of mask leadership

Letter writer points out a lack of mask leadership.

Reader Opinion letter

I watched the entire White House coronavirus task force briefing on June 26. Two of the members were vice-president Mike Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert.

Notably absent was Donald Trump and his let’s inject people with Lysol campaign.

Dr. Fauci said that one reason many states are experiencing setbacks on reopening is because citizens are not following the CDC guidelines of wearing masks in public, social distancing, avoid crowds and wash our hands. (If we have to be told to wash our hands I would put that under the heading lack of parental guidance.)

All the members wore masks as they entered. Each appropriately removed their masks when speaking, each donned their masks when done speaking with the exception of Mike Pence.

When a reporter pointed out to Pence that he was guilty of “Do as I say, not as I do” — because earlier he said people would follow the guidelines — he responded by claiming First Amendment rights.

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Then he spewed some political talking points, folded his notebook and abruptly left the stage as many reporters were asking questions.

Not exactly the picture of a leader.

However, since then he must have picked up a dictionary and read the definition of a leader. To his credit he has changed direction and now promotes wearing masks in public.

Per Dr. Fauci, when Trump refuses to follow CDC guidelines with his ill-advised ralliers, he is part of the problem.

Leadership in Washington is an endangered species.

Carl Sage wrote “one of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we have been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

Dennis Torgerson

Willmar

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